From the banqueting tables of Russian Tsars to the Martini glasses of Middle America, Vodka has crossed cultures, survived centuries and ridden out revolutions and is still one of the most popular drinks in the world.
Having taken a back seat to gin in recent years we explore, interrogate and celebrate the diversity and versatility of vodka in its various forms, dispelling the myth that ‘all vodka tastes the same’.
Following on from the success of the ‘Gin Experience’ (Rated No.1 Thing to do in Manchester on Trip Advisor) The City of Manchester Distillery is excited to introduce the ‘Vodka Experience’.
During this 3-hour interactive experience guests will tour the distillery and be guided through the wonderful world of Vodka, learning how different countries and cultures make use of local and regional ingredients to give character, complexity and variety to this historic liquid. Before moving on to ‘The Lab’ where each guest will have the opportunity to create his or her own bottle of vodka to take home.
Tasting will include 4 classic and bespoke vodka cocktails along with a variety of neat samples paired with canapés and traditional light accompaniments.
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First and foremost we welcome you to the City of Manchester Distillery Vodka Experience in style with the classic vodka cocktail, the ‘Moscow Mule’.
With the origins of vodka lying in Poland and Russia we start our story by heading east and way back to the 15th century.
From crazed Russian Tsars to the arrival of Communism we explore how vodka survived, thrived and found its way to America before uncovering how prohibition actually helped the drinks relentless march towards world domination.
Following the history we take you down into the distillery for another cocktail and talk you through the processes used in the production of vodka. Through a variety of tasting samples we will illustrate the surprising differences in flavours and texture associated with vodka from different regions. As well as exploring the ceremonies and traditions used by different countries when consuming the liquid. Small pairing bites will be included.
At this point, with an understanding of the origins of vodka and how it is made, we move to ‘The Lab’. Here you will have the opportunity to stir down an ice-cold martini before distilling and charcoal filtering your own vodka to take home with you.
Naturally the experience concludes at our bar where we round off the evening with Espresso Martinis!